SBD/December 20, 2013/People and Pop Culture

Arts & Entertainment: Report Of A Tell-All Book From A-Rod May Not Be Accurate

Rodriguez' rumored book deal has been called into question
While reports earlier this week stated that Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ was closing in on a deal for a tell-all book about his career, neither Random House nor HarperCollins -- the "two houses mentioned in the report -- seem to have heard of the Rodriguez book project," according to sources cited by Christian Red of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. A source said the initial report of Rodriguez getting a multimillion-dollar agreement is "totally fake." The source, "One reason he’d never get anywhere near that money is the obvious risk that as soon as the book was published, it could and probably would be discredited" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/20).

UNEXPECTED SUCCESS
: In San Jose, Mark Purdy reports former NFLer NATE JACKSON's memoir, "SLOW GETTING UP," has been "a surprise hit." The book is "hardly comprised of hilarious jock strap anecdotes, although there are some." Instead, Jackson "basically documents his six years in the NFL from the vantage point of a lower-tier roster player who must endure buckets of pain and the cruel-crazy weirdness of pro football culture to reach his dream." Jackson "names names" in the book and he "tells stories" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 12/20).

GRIDIRON MARKETING
: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Kevin Clark reportes the upcoming film "LONE SURVIVOR" has "found a secret weapon: football players." Producers of the motion picture in the last four months have "enjoyed a wave of positive word-of-mouth after employing a rare form of target-marketing" among the players. The filmmakers have "screened the film" for teams such as the Cowboys, Panthers, Browns and the Univ. of Alabama. Players who have seen the movie said that it is "essentially the perfect film to get football players talking" (WSJ.com, 12/20).

BOXING DAY IS NEAR: Actor SYLVESTER STALLONE appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" Thursday to tout the release of his new movie, "GRUDGE MATCH," and the upcoming Broadway debut of a "ROCKY" musical. Stallone said it "took 10 or 12 years" to get "Rocky" on Broadway "because no one thought 'Rocky' should go to Broadway." Stallone: "I go, 'This is becoming a familiar story. Let me start all over again.' Then finally they said, 'Okay, let's open 'Rocky' in Germany.' So we finally got financing in Hamburg, Germany. The show was a big hit over there and … it's a big-time musical." Stallone said it "turned out so good that the Americans came over and said, 'We'd like to give that a try on Broadway.'" Stallone said that the premise of "Grudge Match," in which he appears alongside ROBERT DE NIRO as two over-aged rival boxers fighting years after their careers are over, was a "terrible idea." Stallone: "I just thought I was capitalizing on 'Rocky' and it's going to be 'Raging Bull' or 'Raging Bullwinkle Against Rocky the Italian Squirrel.' I just thought it was going to be some sort of weird combination." Host Jay Leno said, "It's great nobody listens to you because it turned out great." Stallone added, "I have the worst instincts" ("The Tonight Show," NBC, 12/19).
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